Headteacher’s Weekly Bulletin
Friday 3rd July 2015
Yesterday we held our transition day for the new Year 7 students – the next generation of Wellingtonians. They seemed a good bunch and there was lots of great feedback from staff and prefects throughout the day. I was particularly impressed with the great many amongst them who uttered, “Thank you, Mr Beeley,” as they left School. There were a few technical glitches with the computers during the day and we had a downpour at one point but I am sure all our new starters now feel that little bit less apprehensive about starting in September. A huge thank you to Mr Tomlinson and Mrs Haley for their organisation of the day but also to the wonderful team of Year 10 helpers who marshalled pupils and staff extremely well throughout proceedings. The day ended splendidly with a ‘concert’ featuring some of the brilliant musical performances from the Bridgewater Hall last week.
These thoughts on the day from Director of Year, Mr Tomlinson (that man gets everywhere!);
“Thursday saw our new intake of Year 7 arrive for their taster day at Wellington. After a busy start due to issues of technology we had a great day - all the tutors commented on how polite and respectful the students were. They certainly impressed me on the day and following my Year 11 (who I grew to adore) and were the best behaved Year 11 we had (not biased at all), I am excited and hopefull for what the new intake will achieve. We will hit the ground running in September and hopefully Thursday was a sign of things to come. Please can I ask that all students are in on time that first day following some late arrivals on Thursday.”
If any of the Year 6s or their parents are reading this, I hope you had a good day yesterday, enjoy your final few weeks at your current schools, have a safe summer and we look forward to welcoming you in September. Do not hesitate to contact us if there are any queries in the meantime.
Year 13 Leavers’ ‘do’
Over to Miss Grey with her ‘party planning’ head on; “Friday 2pm, Bowdon Cricket Club, and the great and the good gathered for the 6th Form Soirée. It was a lovely afternoon as we gathered on an (occasionally sunny) veranda and shared memories, stories and laughter with our departing Year 13. They have a relaxed air about them now the exams are over and are yet to begin dreading exam results; there was much talk of their holidays (I’d avoid Ayia Napa if I were you!). They were entertained throughout the afternoon with some splendid decorations, photos and posters, a play list by the head boy, and a magician, Jason Rea, who was fantastic! He delighted the crowd with his sleight of hand and card tricks; he managed to swindle many of the staff too! It was delightful to hear the cries, shouts and screams of disbelief as he went around the crowds. The speeches were funny and highlighted the achievements and proud moments we have had with this cohort during their time in Wellington 6th. It’s bitter sweet seeing them off but the atmosphere was delightful, there was a great buffet from Brynley’s and a super award ceremony to cap things off. A huge thanks to all the staff who came (& indulged in the buffet!), a fond farewell to our lovely students and see you on results day!”
It really was an excellent new venture (a departure from the Prom)and a fitting send-off to a lovely group of young people.
30 Year 9 pupils, Mrs Mackay, Mrs Taylor-Crooke and Mr Plaiter, the Connexions Advisor, spent Thursday of this week at Manchester Airport taking part in a 'High Flyers Careers Event'. The day was based on the Concourse and mezzanine, Ground Transport Interface building at Terminal 2.
The Pupils took part in four main activities :
Retail. Creating a marketing advert.
Car Parks. Car parking logistics using model cars.
Career Opportunities in the Airport
Project Bloodhound. The people currently working on a new land speed record brought a model vehicle with interactive screens showing how the car that will be used is being built. The pupils worked in groups to build their own model vehicles, running them down a track to test their speed and distance travelled.
Mrs Mackay adds "We were absolutely thrilled and proud when our pupils won two firsts in these events. The winning team for the longest distance travelled was Lekkie Howell, Maya Aziz, Zara Green, Lara Abunasra and Rosie Coan. The winning team for the fastest vehicle was Natalie Ryan, Mia Hughes, Charlotte Pilcher and Caitlyn Byrne. Perhaps we have some budding engineers here !
Very Well Done !
It was an exciting and worthwhile day full of new experiences. The pupils were as always a real credit to the school".
Duke of Edinburgh
Mr Gubbins and team very kindly devoted last weekend to the Year 9 D of E group and sir provided this résumé of the expedition;
“The group of 29 completed their assessed expedition last weekend. The weather was beautiful, spirits were high and the pupils were fantastic. Each group were assessed by Mr Ashworth over the weekend and he could not speak highly enough about them. He said they were very well organised, knowledgeable and a credit to the programme and the school. I myself echo this sentiment. I feel this year’s team have been very enthusiastic about the whole process and shown a great deal of responsibility as the weeks have gone on. They have to complete their presentation element of the course on Thursday 9th July. Based on their conduct and achievements over the weekend it is looking hopeful for another whitewash of passes, nothing less than what they currently deserve. I would also like to thank the members of staff who helped out over the weekend, as without them it would not have been possible. So Mr Ashworth, Mr Poole, Mr Tomlinson, Mr Baker, Miss Hudson and Miss Hodges (although injured this time), I and the pupils thank you.
The History trip to London leaves early on Sunday morning and returns on Monday evening. I wish Mr Gerschler, staff and students a pleasant and informative trip and look forward to the report next week.
After a lengthy recruitment and selection process, Miss Weeks is delighted to announce that we have appointed some new recruits to the Language Leader team. “The nine successful Year 9 applicants listed below will join the existing team of Year 10 LLs and work alongside them next year to continue to promote our wonderful department. Congratulations to these pupils:
Nadia Leigh Valero, Tori Leigh Valero, Aoife Lunt, Jessica Chappell, Jasmine Spinks, Rosie Coan, Olivia Samuels, Lloyd Gardener and Jed Mackenzie“.
The Language Leaders have been a fabulous addition to both the department and the School generally and they should be commended for their expertise and their enthusiasm in their roles. MFL have enjoyed considerable success over recent years and it is initiatives like this that have helped to establish a high-achieving and dynamic culture within the subject area.
Over to Mrs Moorhouse; “The Music Department are very excited about the new Year 7 students joining us in September. They completed singing workshops throughout the morning during Thursday’s New Pupil Day and their singing talents were amazing. We have high hopes for a super ‘Sing with 7s’ next year. Thank you to our singing ensembles once again for performing in front of the new Year 7s at the end of the day and highlighting the quality of music performances here at Wellington”. I can second that, as the wonderful singing emanated along the Vale corridor to my office.
Mrs Moorhouse continues, “Talent Show auditions and rehearsals are well under way (take a look at the poster at the top of this bulletin) and on Monday next week, all Year 7 tutor groups will be involved in the Year 7 Tutor Challenge to find a winning act for the Talent Show. Tickets are still on sale for £3 and these are available from Mrs Hoogenberg and her team of ticket sellers. They are selling quickly so make sure you bring your money in on Monday! The doors open at 6.30pm for a 7 o’clock start.” It promises to be an amazing evening so don’t miss out. Thank you to ‘team Moorhouse’ once again for what has been an incredibly busy time of year for the department.
Mrs Jones and Mrs Stephens would like to congratulate their fantastic full course GCSE Year 10 pupils who, they reliably report, “have had a brilliant year in the subject. Each pupil in the class has turned up every lesson with a positive attitude and a willingness to work hard. The work produced has been of an excellent standard and their behaviour has been exemplary. The pupils’ hard work has paid off this week as in their summer exam for full course they achieved 8 A* Grades, 8 A grades, 3 B grades, and 4 C grades! Alice Buckton-Perkins and Abreanne Fernandez deserve a special mention as both girls gained 98% on the paper only dropping one mark each.
In addition to their academic achievements, Mrs Jones and I have loved teaching this group due to their passion for debating. There have been some fiery ethical discussions (usually led by Sam Riley or Sarah English) and there has certainly never been a dull moment teaching this class.
This week the group took part in a ‘can of worms’ activity which is a speaking and listening game where pupils are encouraged to debate controversial issues connected to the GCSE course. The pupils thoroughly enjoyed listening to each other and challenging one another’s views and opinions.
Well done Year 10, Mrs Jones and I are looking forward to teaching you again in Year 11”.
Interform guru Mrs MacGlinchey has this to say about the final few events in this year’s sporting calendar; “The final Year 8 interform of the year took place on Tuesday in the glorious sunshine. The girls took part in rounders and the boys took part in doubles tennis. Our Year 10 full course PE pupils umpired the girls’ rounders and did a wonderful job, being fair and accurate in their decisions. A spectacle of skill and team work saw 8SLS as the rounders’ winners. The boys conducted themselves brilliantly on the tennis courts and gave Wimbledon a run for its money! The tennis competition ran slightly differently to rounders as we had a winners’ league and a runners’ up league. In 1st place in the runners’ up league were 8CDE (B Team) and in 1st place in the winners’ league were 8CSR (A Team).
The Year 7 boys’ tennis interform took place this morning and the boys showed off some lovely skill and tactical play. They even had to have a number of play-off games to finalise the positions in the competition as the boys seemed to get better each game. The winners of League 1 were 7SPR (A Team) and the winners of League 2 were 7DMY (B Team). Due to time restrictions we were unable to complete all the girls’ rounders fixtures so they will finish their competition next week.”
With Interform events, the intra-school ‘super sport’ competitions and the raft of extra-curricular fixtures against other schools, there are so many students now having the opportunity to participate in competitive sport regardless of innate sporting ability. Of course, this is in addition to the wealth of non-competitive sport on offer. When you consider this alongside the musical items mentioned earlier and the myriad other opportunities at Wellington beyond the classroom, I would suggest we have a provision that would be hard to match anywhere.
Mr Morgan can report that the Year 10/11 cricket team were victorious against Stretford Grammar on Tuesday evening, thus becoming Trafford Champions. "Playing at Timperley Cricket Club, Wellington won the toss and captain Sam Corbishley sent the visitors into bat. It was a 12 over contest due to a delayed start (Stretford were late) so it was hard work for the bowlers, working to restrict the batsman, who were taking a lead from the transformation of professional cricket, attempting to smash every ball out of the ground! Sam Corbishley bowled his controlled leg spin and got himself two wickets, and Tommy Ryan also bowled a good line and length to restrict the batsman and get two valuable wickets. Jack Davenport, Cameron Morgan and Tom Matthews all put in a good effort, but found it hard to stop the ball from finding the boundary. Wellington were left chasing 90 off 12 overs, a stern task, but at the half way mark they were told to play straight, hit the bad ball and take the singles, the rest will follow. Sure enough, the fast outfield and some sensible batting saw Mehmood Kahn, Sam Corbishley, Jake Sullivan and Tommy Ryan knocking the runs off with 2 overs to spare, a superb, controlled display of batting. I would like to show his and the teams appreciation to Sam Corbishley and Tommy Ryan, two year 11’s who came back to play after finishing their exams, the experience and quality they brought to the team made a real difference.”
I don’t recall having won this competition at the Year 10/11 age group in recent times, so well done to Mr Morgan and all the boys involved. I note Mehmood Khan’s inclusion, who’s actually only in Year 9, so particularly well done to him. Of course, we didn’t present cricket trophies at the Sports Awards dinner but sounds like it’s going to be a tough choice.
A great report about a great group of girls from Miss MacGlinchey; “On Tuesday my Year 10 rounders team took part in the Trafford tournament at Stretford Grammar. The majority of girls have been on my rounders team since they started in Year 7 so as you can imagine they are like a well-oiled machine at this stage!! With some very strong batting from all the girls, but in particular Chayce Smith, Leah Robinson and Niamh Molloy, we beat Urmston Grammar, Stretford Grammar and Ashton on Mersey. However, batting alone will not win you a rounders game! As always Amia Hall was a very accurate and consistent bowler; Chayce Smith was spot on as backstop; Sammy Brown and Charlotte Crewe were un-stoppable at 2nd base; Leah Robinson, Mia Swift, Izzie Cummins, Sophie Carolan and Becky Brown were superb at fielding; Kate Fleury performed very well at the dangerous 4th base; and Niamh Molloy, in deep field, caught every single ball that was fired her way! With narrow losses to AGGS and Sale Grammar (4 rounders to 3 ½) we finished in 3rd position overall. I have to say a special thank you to Mrs Robinson, Mr Molloy and Mr Hall for coming along to support the girls. Mrs Robinson even brought ice lollies for the girls to cool them off after their great performance! I've loved every season with this team and am so please with their dedication and enthusiasm.”
I’m sure the girls are most appreciative of Miss MacGlinchey’s efforts over the four years. It’s a shame they couldn’t bow out as Trafford champions but it sounds like it was a very close run thing.
This from the ‘STEM Ladies’; “Earlier this week, 6 Wellington students represented our school at Manchester University to take place in ‘The Ultimate Car Challenge’ finals event. The challenges for the 10 cars included track and drag racing, crash, crush and corrosion testing and an environmental impact assessment. Needless to say all the cars ended up in bits but only after a lot of fun, high excitement (not to mention tension). The students also had the opportunity to experience university life, attending a disco event in the evening and staying overnight in the student halls of residence. Our pupils were wonderfully behaved throughout and were a real credit to the school; special mention to Angus Thompson, Lewis Murphy and Tom Watkins showing every other school what the term ‘shredding it on the dance floor’ means.
On the track circuit the Wellington car flew through the qualifying stages but was ultimately knocked out in a head to head race with the car that would ultimately become the overall winner. In crash testing our car put the robotic ‘beast’ vehicle sent to crush it out of action and was as good as new – until, that is, it met the university’s power press! We received many positive comments from the other teams and judges and in an audience vote the Wellington car was voted ‘Best Car’ - praise indeed. We just missed out on a medal position by the tiniest of margins to receive 4th place overall. For our first appearance amongst schools with experience this was an incredible result!
The Wellington STEM team and participants would like to send a hearty thanks to Laura and Conor from Manchester University for their help and support over the duration and to the organisers and backers for the opportunity to participate and compete in such an exciting project.
Lastly we would like to thank the technology technician, Mr Eckersley, for his continued support, expert knowledge and assistance throughout this project.”
I think I’ve made this point before but although I’m proud to be a ‘linguist’ by trade, I can’t help but think I may have chosen a more scientific route had I been presented with opportunities like this at school. Not sure about the dancing though!
Miss Hodges and Mr Gubbins took 5 Year 9 boys to Jump Nation last Friday afternoon. This was a reward for the fantastic work the boys produced as part of their Sky Sports project. From previous bulletin entries you will recall the boys have given up their Friday afternoons (3:05-4:15) for 8 weeks to develop their Volleyball and leadership skills. Since then the boys have passed on their knowledge in a range of 1 hour coaching sessions to Year 7 and, most recently, Year 5 pupils. All of their ‘students’ have thoroughly enjoyed the sessions , achieving all their learning objectives in the process. The boys have had a real taste of what it's like to be a coach/ teacher and have all displayed incredibly mature attitudes. They’ve developed invaluable new skills and their self-confidence has grown over time. This trip was a 'well done' and 'thank you' from Miss Hodges and Mr Gubbins.
On Wednesday, Mr Cropper, Mrs Wilson and 15 Year 12 students headed off in the school minibus to a Research Skills Workshop and Library Tour and Induction at Manchester University. Students were kept busy and focused with a morning of group tasks and an afternoon of independent research and study. They came away armed with useful strategies for managing their time, planning and organising their workload, finding information and choosing relevant sources, note taking and referencing. Having a couple of hours to locate books and journals amongst the vast number of titles in the university library was a privilege and we were extremely grateful to the library staff for their help and guidance. The general consensus on the journey home was that it had been a day well spent and one which will stand them in good stead as they embark on their A2 courses. The Manchester University buildings looked impressive in the sunshine and there was a real buzz about the place. A number of our students have their sights set on its degree courses in a year’s time (and the delicious margherita pizzas in the students’ union refectory may just have been the deal breaker!) Thanks to Mrs Wilson for this reminder of university life.
Anyway, I’ve exhausted my half hour bulletin compiling slot between one meeting in Sale and another starting shortly at St Ambrose, so I’ll have to wrap up there.
Have a great weekend (I hope you’re not among those moaning amount the warm weather when we get so little of it) and I hope you can join us for the Talent Show on Wednesday – should be a great night.
S P Beeley
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